[Munich-pm] <Rant> Warning to long haired programmers in Munich

Holger Goebber Holger.Goebber at gmx.de
Fri Jul 20 00:54:04 PDT 2012

One shouldn't really overthink this.

Robin should check what legal ways he has to secure that he doesn't get pestered by these guys again and check if they painted some kind  of bullseye on them.

Otherwise it's simply the case that bavaria is a rather conservative German state (40+ years with the same government party and counting ) and its government prides itself on being "tough on crime".

Sadly they are mainly tough on petty crime like smoking weed, possession etc. and being right wing they are more worried about left wing radicals. I know a number of people who got royally screwed because of possession and I mean for life (the tests you have to do when you get your license revoked for drug possession are a circus).

Hopefully this indeed more the case of weird coincidence and some cops interpreting their standing orders as charte blanche to be dicks. 



-------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Datum: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 03:25:12 +0200
> Von: Richard Foley <richard.foley at rfi.net>
> An: Marek Rouchal <marek.rouchal at gmx.net>
> CC: Munich PM <munich-pm at pm.org>, Robin Clarke <robin at robinclarke.net>
> Betreff: Re: [Munich-pm] <Rant> Warning to long haired programmers in Munich

> Hey Marek,
> I don't think anyone is saying ALL Bavarian police would behave like this.
> But
> you can't seriously suggest that some wouldn't. I see all the time at the
> Hauptbahnhof the Polizei demanding to see the ID of groups of young Turks,
> scruffy teenagers and the like. The precise same thing happens at the
> Weiher in
> Erding, for instance. It's not a matter of "some particular suspicious
> thing",
> besides looking at some scruffy oiks, (like Robin ;-), and deciding to
> give
> them a hard time. Along the lines of "we don't like your sort around
> here!"
> This happens everywhere, not just in Munich.
> -- 
> Ciao
> Richard Foley
> http://www.rfi.net/books.html
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:15:19AM +0200, Marek Rouchal wrote:
> > Dear all,
> > 
> > I fully agree with haj... this is sad and disturbing. I talked yesterday
> to a
> > police officer, close to his retirement, we're playing volleyball every
> Wed
> > evening. I confronted him with an outline of this story, and he said
> that
> > there must have been some particular suspicious thing (_beyond_ the hair
> > style) which triggered them, and he insisted that otherwise the officers
> > wouldn't dare to (fearing disciplinary consequences) follow the
> procedure you
> > described. I am not able to judge whether this is true or just defending
> the
> > reputation of colleagues. But another friend has raised the following
> > hypothesis, which to me looks also rather scary: maybe some enemy has
> given
> > the police some "hint", and once they checked the driver's license and
> there
> > was a "match" on your name, the whole thing started...
> > 
> > If no one has done the translation yet... I am working on it...
> > 
> > All the best,
> > 
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